The Master of Science in Organization Development Program at American University invites its community of students, alumni, faculty and friends to participate in a unique learning opportunity and a historic progression in the field of Organization Development on Saturday, June 27! Please click here to RSVP!

Dr. Robert J. Marshak—American University’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the School of Public Affairs and a founding member of the  MSOD faculty—is co-creator of the concept and term Dialogic Organization Development and co-editor, along with Dr. Gervase R. Bushe, of the first book on the subject: Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change. We invite you to explore Dialogic OD and celebrate one of our own! Please join us for an afternoon of learning, exploration and conversation about the new Dialogic OD mindset.

Following a presentation by Dr. Marshak we will have a reception and book signing. Books will be available for sale at the event for the special discounted price of $50.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

American University Campus – School of International Service – Founders’ Room

2:30-5:00 PM – Dr. Marshak – Key Concepts & Practices in Dialogic OD

5:00-7:00 PM – Reception & Book Signing by Dr. Marshak


Dialogic Organization Development is a compelling alternative to the classical action research approach to planned change. Organizations are seen as fluid, socially constructed realities that are continuously created through conversations and images—change happens when those conversations and images change. . Leaders and consultants can help foster, support, or accelerate the emergence of transformational possibilities by encouraging disruptions to taken-for-granted ways of thinking and acting and the use of generative images to stimulate new organizational conversations and narratives. Dialogic OD is a different mindset, but it’s also the previously unrecognized underpinning of a diverse array of change methods, such as Appreciative Inquiry, the Art of Convening, Open Space Technology, and many more!

We hope that you will join us as we explore this important progression in the field of OD!


Dr. Ruth S. Wagner


Also, please post your questions, thoughts, learnings about the session on our discussion board.